The tour consists of 28 positions and was shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon 10.5 mm lens and a Manfrotto pano head. I used 3 stop bracketing and 9 angles (6+zenit+2xnadir), files were converted to 16-bit tiff before stitching (to adjust white balance and reduce chromatic aberration). It was stitched with Auto Pano Giga 3.0 and the tour was built with Panotour pro 1.8 and more or less just with standard functionality. The only XML-editing was to eliminate tumbnalis and shortcuts to corridors. I didn't shot extra nadir images to eliminate the tripod. Because of the cold it wanted to keep it simple. But I did 2 shots down with a 90° rotation of the head. This to keep the tripode hole small.
Shooting in arctic conditions are difficult. This day it was -30° C outdoors. Inside the hotel it is "only" -8°. When entering with a colder camera you get condensation and then ice on camera and front lens. My release cable got stiff and broke after about 14 panoramas. I have a Merlin head, but in this climate manual equipment is more reliable. You need warm glowes. Some images have low contrast and spots from the ice on the front lens. I cleared the lens several times. White balance is another interesting topic when shooting snow. Here they use a lot of cold LED-lights to enhance the ice. I tried to keep the original feeling, but it's also a matter of taste. It took about 4.5 hours to shot all panoramas.
Photographing in a popular tourist area is another challenge, but that You already know
They build a new hotel every winter, and then i melts away during summer. This was shot December 23 and the hotel is open to public but still under construction. Read more about the Icehotel at http://www.icehotel.se/ . It started as an art project, and each year they invite artists to design the rooms.
I am a newbie at this type of photography. This was my first larger normal panotour, previously I have shoot panoramas for Öresundsbron (a large bridge), but that is for technical documentation. Any feedback are welcome, I am trying to learn! Ulrik
PS I also want to thank everybody at this forum for all the knowledge you share! This forum is a great resource. DS
Very nice !! The cable from my VRdrive to the camera broke in 10 below. It is now replaced with an modified original Olympus cable, which is soft even when cold. Not shure how it would be in 30 below !
Leif, thanks for your comment regarding zoom setting.
Regarding the remote cable. You get what you pay for, I used a cheap third part remote. I actually had a spar remote in my car, but when i broke i left parts of the contact in the camera socket. And I had no tools for removing it...
Georg, thanks for finding this error and telling me! Adding those html-files was one of the last fixes last night. I am updating the site now.
like this location!
leaving suite 316 gives an error... so maybe some missing files? and following corridor 317 same...